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[LIMB LENGTHENING]

VÍZKELETY Tibor, KISS Sándor

DECEMBER 20, 2003

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2003;13(08)

[The method of gradual limb lengthening plays a significant role in equalizing limb discrepancies, making dwarfs taller, correcting axial and other deformities coexisting with limb deficiency. Limb lengthening is carried out by one of two basic methods: diaphyseal lengthening with the Wagner unilateral distraction apparatus or metaphyseal lengthening with a series of rings and crossed K-wires. Gradual limb lengthening is presently having its golden days. At our institution 302 limb lengthening intervention were done between 1977 and 2002, 164 cases with Wagner, 137 cases with Ilizarov method, and one distraction epiphyseolysis. In average, 4.1 cm lengthening was achieved, 18.4% of the original length of the bone. The high incidence of complications was due to superficial infections at the entry points of the Kwires, infrequently worsening the outcome of the operation. Operative limb lengthening performed with appropriate indications and technique is a successful and rewarding area of orthopaedic surgery.]

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